Supreme Courts Strikes Down Sports Gambling Law

The Supreme Court has done away with the federal law that prohibits gambling on sports.

gavelThe monumental decision now gives every state the nod to make sports-gambling legal.

The Supreme Court, in a 6-3 ruling, decided to strike down the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PAPSA). The law was enacted in 1992, barrring state-authorized sports gambling with a few exceptions. It made Nevada the only state where a person could wager on the results of a single game.

States that wish to offer legal sports gambling are now allowed do so — New Jersey is in line to be first. Delaware, Mississippi, New York, Pennsylvania and West Virginia are among other states expected to make way into the legal bookmaking game fairly quickly.

While ruling in favor of New Jersey, the court ruled against the NCAA, NFL, NBA, NHL and Major League Baseball, ending an almost six-year legal battle, overturning a federal statute that the sports leagues had adamantly stood by for more over two decades.



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